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back to southern washington, john brennan, president obama's choice to lead the cia in the second term, was grilled by both democrats and republicans at a confirmation hearing today, one that got off to a raucous start, with protesters and questions about the agency's controversial drone program and interrogation program. nbc's andrea mitchell covering in our washington newsroom. andrea, it's not every day you hear the order to have the hearing room cleared. >> reporter: not indeed. in fact, the senate historians said they can't recall this happening going back to the '60s and '70s. today a chastened john brennan programs promised to be open with congress if he is confirmed to lead the cia. even as the white house still limited access to key documents in a hearing that did not get off to a smooth smart. >> members of the committee, i'm honored to appear before you today. [ heckling ] [ banging gavel ] >> please remove this woman. we will recess. >> reporter: when john brennan did get to testify, he said he opposed the harsh interrogations during the bush administration when he was at t
against it. >>> also on capitol hill the drone strike was an issue and john brennan was key. brennan defended the program. he said drone strikes are used against targets that pose an imminent threat, not for retribution. danielle nottingham reports. >> reporter: protesters held up the start of john brennan's senate confirmation hearing. >> as the president's nominee -- >> reporter: officers removed demonstrators upset over the u.s. drone strike program brennan helped manage. the president's pick for cia director then faced senators. lawmakers recently got a look at a recent document explaining why the obama administration believes drone strikes can also gaert target americans who join with terrorists overseas. >> it's the idea of giving any president unfettered power to kill an american without checks and balances that's so troubling. >> reporter: brennan defended the policy. >> the president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded. >> reporter: brennan was up for cia director in 2009, but withdrew his name from consideration after ques
hearing today. john brennan's testimony was bankrupt several times by protesters who object to u.s. drone strikes overseas. brennan was the architect of that program. among those killed by the strikes was an american citizen who was a member of al qaeda in yemen. bob orr followed the hearing today. >> reporter: as president obama's top counter-terrorism adviser, john brennan has overseen a five-fold increase in drone strikes against suspected terrorists. brennan today told the senate intelligence committee those strikes are critical for national security, but brennan said he'd rather capture terrorists than kill them. >> we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative to taking an action that's going to mitigate that threat.ep >> reporter: brennan defended a policy permitting americans to be targeted if they're actively plotting with al qaeda. oregon senator ron wyden objected. >> it's the idea of giving any president unfettered power to kill an american without checks and balances that is so troubling. every american has the right to know when t
their blackberries, and enhanced interrogation techniques among the issues the cia director nominee john brennan will face in a confirmation hearing 30 minutes from now. a new showdown for the president's national security team. we're going to have that live for you. >> i think it's fair to say that far fewer civilians lose their lives in an effort to go after senior leadership and al-qaeda along the lines that we're discussing here as opposed to an effort to invade a country with hundreds of thousands of troops and take cities and towns. >> fox news alert. in a moment we'll have the latest on the manhunt for the former police officer unforgiving violence and anyone with an l.a.p.d. badge and he's killed three people and reportedly, but his list of targets is much longer and we're going to hear from the riverside police chief on the status of this massive manhunt and the shooting that led to the death of one of his officers and injured another. stay tuned for that. well, there are new questions about the immediate future for our men and women in uniform today as the pentagon threats pay cuts an
on friday, february 8 records we have a lot to talk about including the testimony of john brennan, the president's pick to head the cia. we'll show you his answers on the controversial drone program ask why he refused to call waterboarding torture. >>> new revelations as to what the white house didn't do to help the rebels in syria and why president obama went against the advice of his top advisers. >>> before we get to our top political stories we begin with what will be a record-setting winter storm bearing down on the northeast. could bring easily up to 2 feet to new york city, long island, all of connecticut, all of rhode island, eastern massachusetts, coastal new hampshire and maine blizzard warnings. millions of people, hours left to prepare, the blizzard of 2013 is starting today. you can see where it's located behind me, off the outer banks of north carolina, the heavy rain shield goes up through the mid-atlantic, all the way into southern jersey. the snow part of the storm has yet to begin. that will happen as we go through the morning hours and especially after noon toda
's the president's choice for cia. today, john brennan answered tough questions about his involvement in the drone strike program. danielle nottingham has more on today's controversial hearing. >> we are killing children here! >> reporter: protestors held up the start of john brennan's senate confirmation hearing. >> as the president's nominee -- >> would you hold, please? >> reporter: officers removed those who were upset over the drone strike program. senators also focused on the program when questioning the president's pick for cia director. >> my role as the president's counterterrorism adviser was to help orchestrate efforts to ensure that any actions we take fully comport with our law. >> reporter: lawmakers recently got a look at a secret document, explaining why the obama administration believes the strikes can also target americans who join with terrorists overseas. >> reporter: brennan was up for cia director in 2009 but withdrew his name from consideration after questions arose about his role in the war on terror. >> reporter: the 25-iar
brennan answered his critics today and abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl was there. >> i am honored to appear before you today -- >> reporter: even before he could introduce himself, the president's choice to run the cia was repeatedly interrupted by anti-war protesters. >> please clear the room. please remove -- >> reporter: it was a rare public appearance for a man who works in a windowless basement office of the white house. an architect of the president's war on terror, especially the rapid expansion of those cia drone strikes. it's largely been a secret war, but brennan promised to at least tell congress every time the cia targets and kills suspected terrorists. >> if i were to go to cia and the cia was involved in any type of lethal activity, i would damn well make sure this committee had that information. absolutely. >> reporter: brennan refused to confirm that the u.s. was behind the 2011 strike that killed an american citizen, al qaeda leader, anwar al awlaki, born in new mexico. but he forcefully defended making him a target. >> before he died, he was intimately
interrogation techniques. i am talking about john brennan whose hearings are set to begin in 15 minutes. she he is a strong supporter of drone strikes and you can expect tough questions on the drones overseas. a neighbor's phone call leads to the rescue of a 17-year-old boy in kansas city, missouri. he was frail, thin, curled up on a concrete basement floor and handcuffed to a pole. he told police he was locked there since september, fed instant oatmeal and ramen noodles and bologna sandwiches and allowed to use the bathroom three times a day. >> he had lost a lot of weight. he looked very grayish kind of. like that pale gray color. they said he was very dehydrated. >> what are did you feel seeing that? >> i was heartbroken honestly. >> there is a court hearing under way in the case. we will have much more on the story ahead in the show. trying to destroy the bunker where the man held the little boy hostage in alabama for almost a week. this is how officials describe this small space. you know the story. fbi agents rescued using military equipment. this child monday killed the kidnapper. they s
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hill. john brennan is face age lot of heat over the administration's controversial drone program. peter doocy is covering this for us. we are watching it live. >> good morning heather when you think of the cia you think of size gathering intelligence in secret and quiet places. the confirmation hearing for the potential next cia director was very loud at times, 5 times to be precise. that's how nanny interruptions protestors for the group made before diane fine stein had enough and cleared the hearing room during some calmer moments we heard john brennan explain his fiphilosophy which included defense of the obama administration's drone program. >> i never believed in a terrorist event to detain him. we want to detain as much as possible to get information from them to prevent further terrorist attacks. >> the agency started using enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding. yesterday he changed his tune a little bit. >> i have expressed my personal objections and views about certain of those eit's such as waterboarding nudity and others where i professed my personal objections
. >>> to capitol hill, now, where cia nominee, john brennan, has strongly defended the use of drones against terror targets. brennan told lawmakers that drone strikes are only used against targets planning to carry out attacks against the united states. never as retribution. he promised to tell congress every time the cia targets and kills suspected terrorists. >> if i were to go to cia and the cia was involved in any type of illegal activity, i would make sure this committee had that information. absolutely. >> after the hearing, intelligence committee chair, dianne feinstein, called for more openness about drone strikes. the senator says lawmakers may set up a special court to regulate those strikes. >>> and outgoing defense secretary leon panetta revealed the first time there was a plan in place to arm rebels in syria. but that plan was vetoed by the white house, over worries the weapons might fall into the wrong hands. more than 60,000 people have died in the civil war in syria. >>> and still to come on this busy friday morning, the very latest on the blizzard watch in the northeast. a storm th
top al qaeda leaders. this is as john brennan faces his nomination today pp a major reversal from the white house pp after years of secretsity, president obama directed to share with members of the house and senate intelligence committees a classified memo laying out the legal drowns for drone strikes targeting u.s. citizens who are suspected operational leaders of al qaeda. >> the news came after this white paper that summarized the legal arguments for targeting u.s. citizens who were sus secretaried al qaeda leaders such as a lackey kic al awlaki been charged for a crime. they call it a lawful ability of self defense and concluded they did not require that the target was plotting a specific attacks in the immediate future. the content contents of the memo drew sharp criticism there some legal scholars. >> it really looks like a subjective judgment by the american official who will make the call. >> and civil liberties advocates say the memo is not enough. >> it should be released to the public. if the administration is going to be claiming the authority to kill american citizens
for now. >>> john brennan, the president's pick to be the next cia director getting drilled at his confirmation hearing. he was pressed on the targeted killing of terror suspects, including u.s. citizens. >> i think there's a misimpression on the part of some american people who believe that we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressio transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative. >> the brennan hearing was interrupted several times by protesters. at one point, senator diane feinstein stopped the proceedings and actually had the room cleared. >>> all right. too close for comfort. scientists at nasa say a giant asteroid, about half the size of a football field, is headed our way. they predict it will pass very close to earth on february 15th. no closer than about 17,100 miles. it's one of many large space objects barrelling toward us at the very moment. experts say all of them, inclauinclud including this one, will have very limited, low-impact probability. >> very good. >
. counter terrorism advisor john brennan and president obama's choice to be cia director. his confirmation hearing begins in two and a half hours from now. >>> in tunisia today riot police filled the air with tear gas trying to keep furious crowds under control. have a look. these are the biggest and loudest protests in tunisia since the revolution there two years ago. the one that sparked the whole arab spring. a vocal critic of the government was shot dead outside his home yesterday. that infuriated people who say he was assassinated. it was political. they were already unhappy with tunisia's political situation since the arab spring the new islamist led government is keeping down individual freedoms. the people are not happy. tunisia's prime minister fired his cabinet and called for new elections hoping to calm tensions, then his deputy said the party wasn't unified on that. and it might not happen. we are watching developments. >>> let's gets back to our top story. a shooter on the loose in los angeles. the suspect a former cop is identified as christopher dorner. he was fired from the
at the ready. >>> the senate intelligence committee will hold a confirmation hearing on john brennan's nomination to head the central intelligence agency. >> brennan is expected to be questioned about the growing controversy of drone attacks
john brennan has strongly defended the use of drones against terror targets. brennan told lawmakers that drone strikes are used only against targets planning to carry out attacks against the u.s. but never merely as retribution. he promised to tell congress every time the cia targets and kills suspected terrorists. >> if i were to go to cia ands the cia was involved in any type of illegal activity, i would damn well make sure this committee had that type of information. absolutely. >> after the hearing, intelligence committee chair dianne feinstein called for more openness about drone strikes. the senator says lawmakers may set up a special court to actually regulate those strikes. >> talking about, this is a hot button issue. at the very beginning of that hearing, it was interrupted repeatedly by protesters who came in, and eventually the entire room had to be cleared and only people authorized to be there, because it was supposed to be open to the public, they were asked to leave. it was interrupted to many times, they couldn't even get their points across. >> we've seen that kind
anthony bourdain and the west borough baptist church. >>> john brennan told lawmakers that drone strikes are only used against targets planning to carry out attacks against the united states. he promised to tell congress every time the cia plans to target and kill terrorists. >> if the cia was involved in any illegal activity, i would make sure this committee had that information. >> after the hearing, dine feinstein called for more openness about drone strikes. the senator says lawmakers may set up a special court to regulate those strikes. >>> outgoing secretary leon panetta revealed the first time there was a plan in place to arm rebels in syria. but that plan was vetoed by the white house, over worries the weapons might fall into the wrong hands. more than 650 people have died in the civil war. >>> coming up on this friday morning, the latest on the blizzard watch in the northeast. a storm that's on the move right now. >>> and then, did facebook break the internet. a software buzz last night left millions seeing error messages. >>> and the good news here at abc. robin roberts' return
days. >> reporter: in a separate hearing john brennan talking about being the next cia director. what he said during confirmation hearings about waterboarding and drones when i see you next. >> all right. at his farewell ceremony the defense secretary will be honored for his many years of public service. he said he looks forward to returning to monterey. the president nominated chuck hagel to replace him but that nomination hasn't been voted on yet by the senate. >>> there is new concerns about the safety of the united states federal reserve. the fed now confirms it was attacked by the hacker group information on super bowl sunday. they claim the attack was possible because of what it called a temporary weakness. private information about thousands of bank executives was stolen and posted on the internet. the fed said no critical federal reserve functions were affected. >> a gas thief is reportedly been targeting school district vehicles in santa rosa. here is surveillance video of the suspect driving a white suv in the district lot on bridgeway avenue. santa rosa city school offici
, with martin dempsey, and john brennan, you were talking a lot about drones. there's been a lot of talk about the americans using drones against people linked to al qaeda. american citizens. you look at a case like this, and dorner, is this a case where you would think some time soon that we would use drones against american citizens, a case like this, where he's trying to kill people? >> no, i don't think so. and i don't think we'll ever get there. and i think it's very, very important to understand that the legal justification for using an air strike against an enemy combatant, no matter what their citizenship is, is longstanding in this country. and world war ii is the best example, where somebody would join forces with the enemy to fight the united states. they no longer have the benefit of the u.s. citizenship to protect them when they're an enemy combatant on foreign land, fighting the battle of the united states. so he was belligerent. in the al awlaki case, he's a belligerent to the united states. that's very different than having a united states citizen in the united states. they hav
house counterterrorism chief, john brennan, is obama is nominee to run the nation's spy agency. he helped manage the daily drone program. brennan's confirmation hearing today sets the stage for a public airing of some of the most controversial programs to convert war on out kea, up from the daily drones' strikes to the c.i.a.'s use of interrogation techniques like water boarding during the georgia w. bush administration. >> meanwhile, a senate panel has postponed a vote on chubb hegel's nomination to be defense secretary. the decision comes as republicans are demanding more information from a joke about his paid speeches and business dealings. senator carl levin, the chairman of the armed services committee, said in a statement yesterday that there will be no vote this week. committee republicans say that they are dissatisfied with the information that pedro provided the panel after his confirmation hearing last week. >> california senator barbara boxer once federal regulators to investigate possible equipment problems at the shuttered san onofre nuclear power plant. this comes as
nomination of counterterrorism advisor john brennan to be director of cia. as a career intelligence officer brennan has spearhead ad number of policies. the dramatic expansion of the drone program, for example and the development of novel legal theories to justify the use of drones to assassinate u.s. citizens said to be enengaged in terrorism abroad all of which liberals find abhorrent. all of this sounds familiar even if the chorus is not as deafening as it was in the bush administration. they are expanding the powers, lethal water boarding and rendition and detention of combatants on the battlefield. >> when this president was when he was senator excoriated the president's interrogation program and presumption of imperial press den apresidential powers. he is very lucky he doesn't have a senator obama who is chastising him from the floor of the united states senate. >> reporter: added irony is many former bush administration officials are voicing strong support for president obama and the conducting of the war on terror. jenna: a bit of musical chairs. how is the administration respondin
nominee john brennan. nbc's capital hill correspondent kelly o'donnell has more. good morning, kelly. >> good morning, natalie. some of the country's deepest secrets were part of the intense hearings, grilling top officials over benghazi attacks and those drone strikes and that attracted protesters. >> pakistan, somalia. >> reporter: anger over targeted killings. >> please remove -- >> reporter: and senators who say the cia and white house won't give them answers. >> the committee is just stonewalled. >> reporter: john brennan, if confirmed as the next cia director. but struggled to explain if he was involved in waterboarding yet -- >> i did not stop the use of those techniques. >> reporter: he once said those techniques had saved lives but now -- >> waterboarding is something that never should have been employed. >> reporter: senators pressed outgoing leon panetta and dempsey about whether military help was too far away to rescue the slain americans. >> the biggest problem that night, senator, is that nobody really knew what was going on there. >> reporter: and republicans pounced o
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